January 6th, 2014

Cyaan Stop Won’t Stop

If raggamuffin hip-hop never gets tired for you either, I’m happy to report that yet another juicy mix of fliptongue stylistics over dusty breaks and jeepbeat bass has come to my attention —

Originally cooked up in 2010 by one Matt Nelkin, and now re-upped with special edits for your DLing & DJing pleasure, “Boombap Riddims” pays tribute to more or less the very same moment in time that inspired my & Pace’s digging in the crateses for Cluster Mag.

Beyond enjoying soaking up the heavy ragga vibes, I was happily surprised to hear yet another instance of that ol’ zunguzung tune suddenly rear its head as Rev. Baddoo’s “Bop Scuche” comes into the mix. I can’t find complete discographical info on it (or a YouTube even), but it likely dates to around 1993 — definitely a hot moment for the riff, with echoes via Us3, K7, KRS-One, and Jamalski — and the production & distribution c/o none other than Bobby Konders & Massive B makes a lot of sense for yet another NYC-based vector for Yellowman’s viral chune.

Big up Mr.Nelkin on the tuff mix, and thx to anyone who can help me pin down the date of “Bop Scuche”!


While I’m on topic, I also want to share a recording that seems rather illuminating for hearing Boogie Down Productions’ seminal ragga-rap in context. Listening to Colonel Mite’s “Bless the Selector,” recorded in London the same year that BDP were proclaiming the Bridge to be over and the P to be free (1986), I can’t help but be struck by the verbal / stylistic overlap. It’s pretty clear, to these ears anyway, that KRS was manipulating the very same repertory of dancehall gestures (“come inna a dance”) as his compatriots across the pond. In other words, BDP were essentially producing a NYC-tinged version of contemporary dancehall. But do tell if you disagree —


  • 1. caleb  |  January 13th, 2014 at 4:25 pm

    i don’t remember bop scuchie but the chorus is familiar and possibly not unique, shocking i know, love mi bible but nah lef mi gun. it is possible that as an earnest teenager, i dismissed anyone that called himself reverend and chatted about guns.

    some searching:

    bobby konders put out bop scuchie on lp in 1992: http://www.discogs.com/Various-New-York-Rude-Boys/release/1951216

    It was also released on other singles and lps in 1994 http://www.ebay.com/itm/1994-Bobby-Konders-Bop-Scuchie-You-A-Bad-Boy-REVEREND-BADDO-JR-DEMUS-/360782232554?pt=Music_on_Vinyl&hash=item54004bfbea

    I think you are interested in the place and time it was created and also the place in time it went boom and influenced others, so you might just twitter @bobbykonders and ask about it.

  • 2. wayneandwax  |  January 13th, 2014 at 9:46 pm

    Thanks, Caleb! Guess ’93 was a good approximation, but looks like it’s ’92. Might be worth asking Mr.Konders himself. Could have come out earlier, maybe, but at least you found a record with a date. Be good to know more about its story, though, and how it fits into the Zunguzung legend.


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